Say Hello To Emily Sievert, The Social Media Voice For @VisitDenver

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emily-sievertTwice a month, Say Hello To America will be showcasing the voices behind the official social media accounts of destinations all across the United States and the city they represent. This week, say hello to Emily Sievert, the voice for Denver, Colorado. Emily has lived in Denver for just under five years, having left her quaint New England town for the big city (sort of) in 2011! She has only been working at Visit Denver since April 2016, but has enjoyed all that this amazing city has to offer well before that. Denver is a city after her heart!

1. What time of year is best to travel to Denver?

The best time of year to travel to Denver is in the warmer months from April through October! The spring brings beautiful blossoms all along the Cherry Creek Path and on our city golf courses. The summer brings lush greens and clear blue skies that make our walkable city perfect for outdoor activities during our 300+ days of sunshine! The fall showcases the yellows and reds of the leaves in our city parks and the temperature stays comfortable and cozy through Halloween or later.

Cherry Creek Trail | Photo Credit: Stevie Crecelius

Cherry Creek Trail | Photo Credit: Stevie Crecelius

2. How would you describe the people of Denver?

The people of Denver are friendly, inviting and vibrant! Due to the mix of locals and transplants, we have various flavors, fan-bases and backgrounds all coming together in one amazing city. The people are active and adventurous but also love the urban, artsy feel of our city grid. It is said that we have 300+ days of sunshine a year and that disposition is also reflected in our people!

3. What is your favorite thing about Denver?

This may be subjective, but my favorite thing about Denver is the energy! It is not the ‘city that never sleeps’ but it’s close to it! You will find a great dining scene every night of the week and a line to get into our music venues no matter what band is playing. You will see people biking to and from work on cold or snowy days and you will see Broncos fans drinking beer with Raiders fans on Sundays. This city is exciting, different, outdoorsy and energetic every day of the week and it is so fun to be a part of it for a day or for a lifetime!

4. What is Denver’s most famous landmark or attraction?

Denver’s most famous landmark is by far Red Rocks! As excited as we are to talk about Red Rocks with whomever will listen; the landmark speaks for itself! Everything from its size, beauty and intrigue to the various artists that play on its stage every summer is impressive and amazing. It is by far our biggest tourist attraction and even the locals love it! Best of all? Within the last 5 or so years, it has become a year round venue, adding concerts like the Halloween show and “Winter on the Rocks.”

Denver Skyline | Photo Credit: VISIT DENVER

Denver Skyline | Photo Credit: VISIT DENVER

5. Name one “secret” location that a traveler must visit.

I am going to interpret this question in a bit of a different way, putting a lot of weight on the word “secret.” One of the most impressive things about this city is the variety and creativity that comes out of our restaurant and bar scene. Both our Highlands Neighborhood and Cherry Creek area are foodie heaven(s) and they also are home to some of Denver’s incredible “Speakeasy” style bars! Places like Williams & Graham, The Green Russell & The Peaks Lounge are some of the most unique and hidden “hot-spots” in Denver and they are very worth a visit!

6. What is the best/easiest mode of transportation to get around the city?

Your feet! Okay maybe not in all situations, but Denver is extremely walkable when you find yourself getting off the airport rail at Union Station in the heart of the city! You will find amazing entertainment, hotel accommodations, restaurants, sports stadiums and more all within blocks of the front entrance of Union Station. Don’t feel like walking? The Denver B-cycle (rental bikes) can be found in most areas of the city and are both environmentally friendly and affordable. Lyft & Uber have also been very accessible in this city and our Lightrail system can get you from downtown Denver to just about any suburb. Did we mention it’s only $9 to ride the Lightrail to and from the DEN Airport?

Coors Field | Photo Credit: Colorado Rockies

Coors Field | Photo Credit: Colorado Rockies

7. Is there any festival or event in Denver that a traveler should specifically plan a trip around?

I am going to revert to the first question and stress the seasonality and outdoor emphasis of this city! Although you can find great concerts, sporting events and art exhibits year-round, Denver is at its very best when the sun is warm and you’re experiencing the amazing outdoor traits of this city from spring-late fall. Travelers should plan to ride bikes, walk loops around the city’s parks, sit on a rooftop patio overlooking the skyline and attend a Rockies game to sit exactly a ‘mile high’ above sea-level.

8. What are the best family-friendly attractions that Denver has to offer?

Denver is home to the world-class Denver Zoo, Denver Aquarium and Elitch Gardens Theme Park! Our museums and cultural venues host kid-friendly exhibits on subjects like mummies, robots & dinosaurs all year long and our city parks are great for an afternoon picnic. Denver is a great place for families to start making memories and creating traditions for years to come! (See what I did there? You can come back to Denver again and again because you will NEVER get bored here!)

9. What is Denver’s signature food that every visitor has to try?

GREEN CHILE! We have restaurants all around the city that have won awards for homemade green chile. We also add a kick to your brunch by smothering most breakfast burritos in it. You typically need to tell the chef/server if you DON’T want your burrito smothered, rather than if you do.

Denver Beer Company | Photo Credit: Evan Semon

Denver Beer Company | Photo Credit: Evan Semon

10. If I only had one day to explore Denver, what MUST I see or do?

This is a trick question! You should never limit yourself to one day in Denver! But if you HAD to, I would suggest exploring the RiNo district just north of downtown Denver. Denver is known (at least to us) as America’s #1 Beer City and RiNo is home to some of the newest and tastiest craft beers that you will find at a mile high. The area has been steadily growing into an arts & culture mecca complete with an ever increasing number of local craft breweries- most within walking distance of each other (you’re welcome!).


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